Tuesday December 20, 2016
Substitute Teaching Vignettes #5
6th grade math - part 1Problem: 0.375 + 5/8
Guys. There's a trick.(aargh)
What's an eighth?
What's a quarter?
(Clown: 25 cents!)
Me, writes .25 on the board.
What's half of 25?
Me: close. What's half of 25?
What if I have a pie (draws circle) and I cut it into quarters (draws) and then I cut one of those pieces in half? How much of the pie is that?
We finally got to 0.125.
How many is 3 eighths?
We got to 0.375.
Does this number look familiar? Anything else on the board?
Beat... beat... uh... oh.. oooh.
I said "You're in 6th grade. The math problems they give you may look really complex (that's a decimal number added to a fraction!) but they probably aren't as difficult as they look if you think.)
Learn 1/8. Learn 0.125. It's a good number.
6th grade math - part 2Problem: 7 - 3 3/5
Kid: 4 and ...?
No, it's less than 4.
No, you don't have to convert this to 35/5 - 18/5
You're working too hard.